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How Small Businesses Can Locate and Lure New Customers Through Foursquare
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Foursquare is great because everyone loves being able to check in and find out where their friends are. Check-ins and geolocation have become part of many apps including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, to name a few. The easiest way to use Foursquare is to simply tell customers and visitors to check in to your location. More

Published — IDS Professional Member Patti Allen
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New IDS Professional Member, Patti Allen, was recently published in the May/June edition of Texas Home and Living. The article, entitled "Cottage of Memories," describes how this project began as a recently widowed homeowner updated and redefined her home in an effort to move on with her life after her husband's death. With the exception of a coat of paint here and there, the small cottage had not been renovated in any way since it was built in the 1970's. The cottage up to date with a "Country French Cottage" look that fit her aesthetic taste and allowed Patti to incorporate many of her heirlooms as well as bringing in some new pieces. Click here to view the article.

What's The Matter With This Picture?
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Image matters. The look and feel of your website says something about you. And so do your headshots and company logo — or the lack thereof. The impact of image is going away any time soon. Sure you can get around it, but you have to work harder to convince people that you actually know what you’re talking about. When you look the part, however, the battle is a little easier. So, make your company image work for and not against you. More

10 of The Hottest Kitchen Counter Top Materials Currently Trending
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Home decor is not unlike fashion. There are classics with looks that will last a lifetime and there are trends that come and go. Generally, life lifetime of kitchen decor last less than 10 years, so when creating your dream kitchen you want to consider a look that will last the course of its time. So now you’re ready for an upgrade and you've given careful consideration to your appliances and the overall look, but how much have you thought about your counters? How much do you know about the options available to you? More

Introducing JSG Oceana "Fawn" Coloration

JSG Oceana introduces Fawn Coloration, the color choice for granite and marble countertops, to their expanding line of “Hard Roc” glass bathroom & kitchen sinks, and glass tile. “Hard Roc” glass is scratch, stain, and thermal shock resistant. Sinks are IAPMO approved.

Tip of the Week:
IDS Market Seminar Schedule

Join Us:

Oct. 14, Anita Boestma 9-10:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m., Market Square (Exact Room Location TBA)

Oct. 15, Debbie Green 9-10:30 a.m., Market Square (Exact Room Location TBA)

Oct. 15, Joni Vanderslice 3-4:30 p.m., High Point Theatre


Save the Date for the 2013 IDS National Conference!
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April 23 - April 25, 2013

Downtown Greensboro Marriott - Greensboro, N.C.

In conjunction with the High Point Market, April 20 - April 25, 2013

Rooms are available at $189/night for a single or double room. To reserve your room in the IDS National Conference room block, please call the Greensboro Marriott Downtown Reservations Department at 800-228-9290. You must identify yourself as part of the IDS Conference to reserve a room in the room block.

Stay tuned!! More information to come …

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Have You Been Published or Won a Design Award?
Attention Active IDS Members: Have you been published? Have you won a design award? If so, please let the IDS National Office know via email, and we will put you in an issue of Hot Topics! Please send the following information in your email: Name of Publication or Design Award; your name; a brief description of an article, design, or award; and a link to the published work. Please send all information to Snoa Garrigan at

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New Partners & Affiliate Partners
Vedere LLC - PID Platinum - New York, N.Y.
Dallas Rugs - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
Unitique LLC - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.
Architectural Tile & Stone - AP - Austin, Texas
Fresh Coat Painting - AP - Park, Texas
Liora Manne Home - AP - Charlotte, N.C.
Gene Hasiak Installations - AP - Chicago, Ill.
B & B Custom Cabinetry - AP - Ft. Myers, Fla.
Wager Carpet Co. - AP - Santa Rosa, Calif.
Villa Terrazza Patio & Home - AP - Sonoma, Calif.
Praetzel’s Fine Furniture - Home Furnishings Retail Store - Sonoma,Petaluma, Calif.

The Interior Design Society Wine Country Chapter presents the Sonoma Designer Showcase 2012 on Nov. 30–Dec. 9 - six (6) days only, Friday through Sunday from 10:30 am until 4:30 pm. Click here for more information.
 Upcoming Markets
High Point Furniture Market
Oct. 13-18
High Point, N.C.

IDS High Point Market Seminars:
Sunday, Oct. 14 and Monday, Oct. 15
Preveiw 2013 National Workshop Speakers … Earn FREE CEUs …
Join Us:
Oct. 14, Anita Boetsma 9-10:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m., Market Square (Exact Room Location TBA)
Oct. 15, Debbie Green 9-10:30am, Market Square (Exact Room Location TBA)
Oct. 15, Joni Vanderslice 3-4:30 p.m., High Point Theatre

 Industry News

Table Talk: Fashion Designers' Dining Rooms
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See how top tastemakers entertain in style with our roundup of today’s chicest dining rooms, such as fashion designer Cynthia Rowley’s floral oasis. More

Sex, Architecture and Design
Interior Design's Design Wire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sex, architecture, and design have a lot to do with each other. And nowhere have they been such good bedfellows as on the pages of Playboy magazine. Beatriz Colomina, a professor at the Princeton University School of Architecture and founder of their Media and Modernity program, has been studying the connection for the past three years. Now, Colomina has worked closely with curators at the NAiM/Bureau-Europa in Maastricht, The Netherlands, to organize the exhibition "Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979″ on view from Sept/ 29 through Feb. 10. More

Carla Fendi's Eclectic Roman Apartment
Architectural Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An inner jolt that Carla Fendi of fashion’s most famous sister act calls la spinta (“the thrust” in Italian) has molded the executive’s life and directed the look of her homes for the past five decades. "As soon as something extraordinary — be it a painting, a work of ceramic, or glass — catches my eye," she says, "there is no escape: The object must be mine." That impulse has led her to assemble a provocative and deeply sophisticated collection of 20th-century European art and design. More

6 Steps to Becoming a Better Investor
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Nobody is an expert from the word "go." Even investors learn and refine their skill sets over time. Whether you're just starting out investing in your small business's future, or you're a bit more seasoned at the market, there are certain basic ideas that, if implemented today, will reap benefits tomorrow. Let's look at what can make a difference in any small-business owner's investment portfolio, and the six steps you can take today, to be a better investor tomorrow. More

Tribal Patterns
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Shana Campanaro, the artist and designer who founded the Brooklyn wallpaper and fabric company Eskayel, has discovered that studying the traditions of other cultures — particularly their tribal patterns — often triggers ideas for new designs. "I find a lot of inspiration in tribal-type patterns," said Campanaro, 35, who collects blankets, tapestries and other woven goods on her travels to countries like Mexico and Indonesia and frequently uses them to decorate her home. More

Los Angeles Cottage Remade as a Wonderland of Color
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With lavender in glorious bloom, the Franklin Hills house of Jamie Schwentker, an architect who specializes in landscapes (Schwentker Watts Design), and Franco Giacomo Carbone, a film production designer, features mango-hued shingles with moss- and celery-colored accents. "I call it Late Wicked Witch," Schwentker said, "which is partly a nod to the whole movie thing and partly because it looks like a fairy-tale house. Like 'Alice in Wonderland.'" More

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Donna Grace McAlear's Peak 8 Penthouse Interior Design
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Every now and then an unforgettable architectural design and an overwhelming stunning Interior Design come together to collectively form a union of superior form, function and beauty. New Mood Design, owned and operated by Donna Grace McAlear, in collaboration with architect Michael Gallagher, created such a masterpiece with the design project called "Peak 8 Penthouse". More

New Classics: Tom Dixon's Beat Pendant Lights
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India influenced Tom Dixon's series of brass Beat Pendant Lights in more ways than one. Indian cooking pots and water vessels inspired their striking forms, while master craftsmen spin the forms and hand beat the brass in Moradabad, Northern India. In a world where so many things are mass produced, the creation of these lights keeps these rare skills employed and alive. The pendants come in several shapes with very straightforward names, like Fat, Stout, Wide and Tall — refreshing, eh? More

Another Angle on Family Life
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Lisa Koshkarian and Tom Di Francesco knew they had to renovate their house when they could no longer keep adult hours there. The couple had bought a 1930s Mediterranean-style home in the Potrero Hill neighborhood here for $1 million in 2002, and had already spent $500,000 adding on a third-story master suite to take advantage of the area’s famously close-up, dead-on views of downtown. More

Design tasting in Paris
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September seems to be interior design month in Paris. The festivities began with the opening of the Maison & Objet trade fair. Then Paris Design Week started with more than 100 participating off-site exhibitions, galleries, presentations and independent designers displaying their latest wares. It's as if the City of Light set out to prove it's also the city of lighting — and seating and bedding. More

3 Habits of Highly Unsuccessful Businesses
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Plenty has been written about the characteristics of highly successful businesses. We think it is worthwhile to understand the traits of unsuccessful companies. If you identify the factors that are limiting your business's success, you may generate new ideas about how to earn a better return. More

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